ACLU and Law Students Work to Have Felon Rights Restored

Now the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is teaming up with law students to help restore ex-felons’ rights.

After serving time for passing worthless checks, Cassandra Collins had her rights restored in may of 2003.

"More than having my rights to vote. I'm glad I know the process because now I can help people get their rights restored."

A group of students from Florida State's ACLU chapter and Columbia Law School held a workshop Friday that will help in restoring the rights of ex-felons throughout the state.

"One third of African American men in Florida aren't able to vote because of this law, (so) it's really important to help people get their civil rights back."

"To come to the Capitol and appear in front of the Governor and express remorse and express sentiments as to why their rights are important. So, providing support for people who have taken a lot of steps to be restored their rights is important to me."

ACLU officials say these students, along with several attorneys, will provide free service to ex-felons who want to get their rights restored.

"The loss of civil rights in Florida is the biggest civil rights crisis currently facing our state. In Florida, over 600,000 people have served their time, completed their sentence, paid their debt to society, and yet they still cannot vote."

On April 17, students from FSU's College of Law will provide free assistance to ex-felons who want to get their rights restored.